Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights (1997)

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 17, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 7, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grounded in strong characters, bold themes, and subtle storytelling, Boogie Nights is a groundbreaking film both for director P.T. Anderson and star Mark Wahlberg.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Boogie Nights, an epic tale of porn, pleasure, and excess, offers a purer hit of exhilaration than any movie this year.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

In terms of sweep, ambition and precocious cinematic competence, it heralds the arrival of a new talent.

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Jason Bailey

The Tarantino comparison is ultimately less about technique than a shared joyful electricity of the filmmaking, the sense of an artist clearly high on the sheer act of making a movie.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Not since the mysteriously reclusive Terrence Malick has there been such an explosion of sheer talent on the American movie scene.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

With Boogie Nights we know we're not just watching episodes from disparate lives but a panorama of recent social history, rendered in bold, exuberant colors.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Nights humanized these actors and made them live beyond their reputations.

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Emanuel Levy

Considering the potentially explosive nature of the yarn, set in the porn world, Anderson's strategy is remarkably nonjudgmental and nonsensationalistic, largely due to his love and respect for all the characters and his impressive storytelling skills.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The film is bemused and entertained, as we are, by this pack of sexual extremists, and the eye it casts on them is both benevolent and wry.

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Sean Axmaker

Boogie Nights is an impassioned and creative portrait of American souls in distress from a young, passionate filmmaker who threw himself headlong into his movies (his follow-up, Magnolia, pushes even further).

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A well-done "Goodfellas"-esque take on the porn industry during its heyday and a naive young man (Mark Wahlberg) with a special "talent" who… More
Christian C
A great film about the emptiness of youth, fun and the fast life. Re-watched it on the night of Hoffman's passing and it's no less remarkable than… More
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Although a lot of people rate this movie highly as one of a kind, to me it's just a usual movie with a different taste of promising story but turn out just… More
Spencer S.
This film is huge, in every way possible. There really hadn't been a film so explicit and yet so humane to the porn industry, and though this film is a… More
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KJ Proulx
"Boogie Nights" is a film that you can very easily become invested in, and I was enthralled for, most of the film. The story of Dirk Diggler going… More